My great-grandmother and grandfather used to garden and I remember loving to watch them plant, work in, and harvest their gardens. I started square foot gardening two summers ago, and I've loved every second of it. It's a great stress reliever to get outdoors and get your hands dirty. My daughter loves to help. She's a good eater in general, but she gets so much more excited about eating vegetables when she's picked them herself. February is a great month to get started by building a garden box or two. See below for pictures of my garden boxes and the plan I followed for getting started my first year.
- It cost me more than $50/box my first year because of the price of the compost, vermiculite, and peat moss. I did have plenty left over to mix in for year two, though. I can't remember exactly, but I would estimate at $80/box.
- I added 2x2s on the back of each bed for a cucumber/tomato trellis. I used screw hooks and natural twine to make the cucumber trellis. Once the tomatoes outgrew their cages, I tied larger branches with twin to the 2x2s for extra stability.
- I stapled chicken wire to the bottom of my boxes to keep the critters out.